Happiness and well being

Put simply, happiness is feeling good – enjoying life and and wanting the feeling to continue. Unhappiness is feeling bad and wishing things were different. Happy people tend to have more robust immune systems and lower levels of stress-causing cortisol.

Life is definitely challenging! However we can learn to increase our happiness by adopting certain approaches as opposed to others. Psychologists have studied what makes for a happy life:

Giving – Do things for others
Relating -- Connect with people
Exercising – Take care of your body
Appreciating – Notice the world around you
Trying out – Keep learning new things

Direction – Have goals to look forward to
Resilience -- Find ways to bounce back
Emotion - Take a positive approach
Acceptance – Be comfortable with who you are
Meaning – Be part of something bigger

Find out more about these at the Action for Happiness website: www.actionforhappiness.org